a TEENAGER has told how two rookie policemen saved his life after a prank turned him into a fireball.
Mum Ursula Klingel paid tribute to the quick thinking of PCs Laurence King and Matthew Mullen that rescued Jordan, 13, of Hyde Park, Leeds.
He suffered 38 per cent burns and had weeks of plastic surgery, but will tonight present commendations to the officers.
Jordan was staying with friends in Meanwood in August and had been lighting spray from an aerosol can when another can of inflammable liquid by his feet exploded, engulfing him in flames.
Jordan ripped off blazing clothes, but his trousers stuck to his legs. As he fought to put out the flames he rolled into more of the inflammable liquid.
But moments earlier motor patrol officers King
had seen him with the aerosol and had gone back to check.
PC King said they heard a loud explosion then sawand Jordan ran past on fire.
PC Mullen raced to Jordan while PC King dashed for the patrol car extinguisher. PC Mullen fought with his bare hands to smother the flames until PC King arrived with the extinguisher.
Jordan was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary.
He said: “The pain was excruciating for 20 minutes and then I was given gas and air.”
He was critically ill for days. After he stabilised he was transferred to Manchester’s Royal Children’s Hospital where he underwent a dozen skin grafts to his stomach, arms and legs. He ws then moved back to the burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.
Jordan has scarring and his schooling has been affected, but he said: “Without those two policemen I would defintely be dead.”
More than 40 officers, staff and public will tonight receive commendations at north west Leeds division’s awards evening. Chief Supt Ian Whitehouse said: “The courage and quick-thinking demonstrated by these officers clearly saved this young man’s life.”